Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canning Exchange 2014

This post feels very much like a broken record - but it's no less true than when I've said it the last time.  Several weeks ago my extended family had our yearly canning exchange.  Basically we all make something that goes into jars.   Not everyone in the family participates - but many do.  We don't ask much, even if you put chocolate covered peanuts in a jar - that works!  Or con someone else into canning something for you?  That works too. (I know this because I know a few who do it.)  We ask that you bring a jar for everyone to take home a jar to pass around that evening so we can taste it all.

We all gather around a table and one by one open a jar that each person has brought.  We pass it around with bread, crackers or chips - whatever compliments it best - and get to hear the stories of that recipe.  That is my favorite part.  I love hearing stories of dandelion hunting, cherry picking (or buying), crockpot adventures, and many more.  Such a wealth of knowledge and love in this group of ladies - I love it.  So thankful for my family and the generations of love in it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Release: One Birth

It may not seem like Christmas is around the corner - but fear not it is!  (Just check out any craft store and even some department stores.)
Here is our newest release - One Birth.  The wording on the pattern says: "one birth, one child, one season, one reason."  This pattern showcases a fun 3D effect for both punch needle and cross stitch. We worked hard to create a soft bed of straw for baby Jesus to lie in.
Call up your local shop for your copy of this pattern.
Shops?  Call up any of our distributors - they have them in stock today ready to ship out.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Myrtle Grace Motifs - October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Myrtle Grace Motifs!
Happy Fall!  A day spent raking leaves and picking up walnuts surely is a sign that fall has arrived in the Midwest.  Hard to imagine we are already looking towards Christmas and the New Year – but soon the snow will be upon us!

New Release: One Birth

We are excited to announce a new release for tomorrow!
It may not seem like Christmas is around the corner - but fear not it is!  (Just check out any craft store and even some department stores.)
Here is our newest release - One Birth.  The wording on the pattern says: "one birth, one child, one season, one reason."  This pattern showcases a fun 3D effect for both punch needle and cross stitch. We worked hard to create a soft bed of straw for baby Jesus to lie in.
Call up our distributors - they have them in stock today ready to ship out.

Trunks Shows
Our trunk show calendar for 2015 is just getting started.  Want to get on the calendar?  Please let us know!  We’d love to work out a date.

Book Release
Bayview Publishing and Craftways have released a new book for the Christmas season: A Cross Stitch Christmas – A Heartwarming Holiday.  You may notice a name in there that seems a bit familiar – ours!  We were honored to design a pattern for this year’s book.  It’s called Christmas Cheer on page 69.

Distributors
We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company - www.hoffmandis.com
Norden Crafts - www.nordencrafts.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Falling for Donuts

Something that is pure fall is Apple Cider and Apple Cider Donuts.  I keep hearing about Apple Cider donuts being a fall treat - but I have never had one.  Not even at an apple orchard.  We are the "go get your apples and run type".  Actually it wasn't until last year that we even picked our own apples.  
While picking your own apples is satisfying, there is also something so fun about making your own donuts.   Watching them puff up in the oven, then dipping in glaze and some sugar and spice.  Once again I considered canceling our dinner plan for a baked good - but alas - these donuts?  Awesome for dessert!  Andy even heated up some apple cider with spices for a hot drink.  I would highly recommend this yummy treats.  No donut pan?  They'll work as muffins too.

Apple Cider Donuts
Ingredients
1½ c. cake flour (or 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour - remove 3 tablespoons of flour and replace with cornstarch - then sift 5 times)
½ c. granulated sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. apple pie spice
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. apple cider
¼ c. buttermilk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp apple cider
1 Tbsp. apple pie seasoning
½ c. granulated sugar

Instructions
Combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, spice and salt. Whisk together to combine.
Add cider, buttermilk, syrup, oil and egg.
Mix wet and dry ingredients until smooth.
Put donut batter in a disposable piping bag and pipe into a greased donut pan. (Fill until ½ full)
Bake in a 425ยบ oven. Bake 4-6 minutes for the mini donuts, and 6-8 minutes for the regular sized donuts.
Let donuts cool for a few minutes and then remove them from the pan.
Combine powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp of cider. In a separate bowl combine ½ c. sugar and 1 Tbsp apple pie seasoning.
Dip warm donuts in cider glaze and then dip in the sugar and spice mixture.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Don't judge my messy floor...

Apple Pie Spice seems something silly to buy in the grocery store - doesn't it?  I mean really… it's just a few things tossed together - probably things you already have in your cabinet.  I needed Apple Pie Spice for some Apple Cider Donuts I was planning to make (see recipe next week).  I got out my trusted tiny canning jar and starting adding ingredients.  Thankfully I had them all, gave it a toss and a smell -- apple pie.  I even made Andy smell it.  He agreed, smelled like apple pie.  Will I use this mix in my apple pie?  Ha!  Probably not… but hey, need to add some flavor to some apple cider, I bet this would be amazing.  Even as a cinnamon roll filling - oh the possibilities of this fancy little mix.  Don't worry, I won't tell anyone it was so easy to put together.
  
Apple Pie Spice

¼ cup Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
½ tsp Ground All Spice
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Ground Cardamom

Directions:

In a small jar add all ingredients. Close jar with lid and shake to combine. Add or decrease certain ingredients to suit your personal tastes.
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